Multiple sclerosis is the most common neurological disorder to cause disability in young people. This neurological condition which affects around 100,000 people in the UK, with most people being diagnosed between the ages of 20-40, although it can affect younger and older people too. Some 5,000 people are newly diagnosed each year. Roughly three times as many women have MS as do men. In MS, the coating around nerve fibres (myelin) is damaged, causing a range of symptoms, such as vision problems, balance problems and dizziness, fatigue, bladder problems and stiffness and/or spasms. Memory, thinking and emotions may also be affected. The last few years have witnessed a revolution in our understanding of the causes of MS and an unprecedented appreciation of the prognosis. And while MS remains incurable, new treatments have transformed the prospects for people with this debilitating disease - some drugs may even slow the physical decline and healthcare professionals' ability to alleviate symptoms has improved dramatically. So, this book would have a positive message: MS is increasingly a manageable disease and many people can expect to live a normal life.
Mark Greener is an award-winning medical and bioscience writer and journalist. A former research and development pharmacologist, he is clinical editor for Pharmacy Magazine, editorial director of Rock Medical Communications, and author of several Sheldon books.